Discover Britain’s River Fish #Riverfood, 21st July 2013:
One of the things that struck me on my recent visit to Slavonia in Croatia was how well the local people use their natural resources. Slavonia is defined by three great rivers, the Sava, Drava and the Danube and from the minute I reached Slavonski Brod, on the banks of the Drava, the importance of river produce became apparent. I was served steaming bowls of fis, smoked carp, duck carpaccio and more. Here in the UK, river food seems to have been largely ignored. Maybe it’s an ecological heritage, industrialisation, use of pesticides and general contamination of the rivers of Britain didn’t always make for appetising produce. But, our rivers now are the cleanest they have been since the Industrial Revolution and perhaps it’s time for fish like eel, pike and carp to start appearing more regularly on restaurant menus and in fishmongers. I was amazed to learn that we have over 125 types of fish in our rivers!
So, Cooper’s #Riverfood, on Sunday 21st July is an event I won’t be missing.
I’m looking forward to enjoying a whole range of dishes based on produce from rivers and estuaries of the UK. The idea is that we will be able to sample from the Coopers #Riverfood menu which includes dishes like Hollow Shore Oysters with Green Tabasco Jelly, Estuary Smoked Kipper with Clarence Court Egg and Cress, Pike and Green Peppercorn Sausage with Puy Lentils, Chargrilled Jack Pike with Oyster Sour Cream and Roast Duck with Pickled Gooseberry.
Very appropriately, the event takes place on the River Thames, aboard the MV Royalty – one of the oldest boats on the Thames. Conceived by Phil Cooper, Arno Marsman and Andrea Britton, an event that is headed up by Phil Cooper with a heritage from The Waterside Inn, Claridges and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons is likely to be something of a gastronomical jamboree.
To book tickets yourself, just pop over to the #Riverfood page
Coopers #Riverfood is on Sunday 21st July 2013, between 1.30 and 4.30pm on MV Royalty; Festival Pier, London